Month: February 2021

How to Transform Today’s Information Security Programs

first_imgThe third report released this week, Transforming Information Security: Focusing on Strategic Technologies, identifies some of the essential technologies for evolving information security programs.These reports provide recommendations on transforming security programs and practices to effectively manage the ever-increasing risks.The information security mission is no longer just “implementing and operating security controls.” It requires greater visibility at a more granular level, and the ability to leverage that visibility and new analytic methods to deduce new insights into where the problems are. Today’s security programs include advanced technical and business-centric activities such as business risk analysis, asset valuation, IT supply chain integrity, cyber intelligence, security data analytics, data warehousing, and process optimization.The very composition and characteristics of security teams are themselves in transition. The information security function has become a cross-organizational endeavor with the right security processes deeply embedded into business processes.  The right technologies strengthen and scale the organizations’ security talent.Let’s go back to the BLT sandwich.  Remove any of the ingredients and you don’t have a BLT.  The same can be said for information security.  The right technologies will enable higher quality analysis and achieve better scale with the talent you have.  They can also help enforce and automate time-consuming processes.  Without the right technologies, you’ve simply got a lettuce and tomato sandwich.  Without the right people and process, you’ve simply got a side of bacon. The second report, Transforming Information Security: Future-Proofing Processes explores the forefront of information security processes. Information security today can be likened to a classic American sandwich – the BLT.  Simply, information security is not just about the technology.  It’s also about the people that manage it and the processes built around it.  Just as you can’t make a BLT without bacon, lettuce and tomato, an information security program is not truly effective unless the right people, process and technology are all in place.The recent announcement of the Heartbleed bug was a perfect opportunity for organizations to scrutinize their existing information security programs.  All too often practitioners are responding to crisis after crisis and not thinking proactively about risk.  People, process and technology are completely intertwined resulting in a proactive and agile risk management program or one which succumbs regularly to major security incidents.It is clear that in an era of disruptive innovation and rapidly evolving threats, simply adding point solutions or working on incremental adjustments to traditional security approaches is no longer sufficient. A foundational change in information security is necessary to face today’s issues and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. But what does an effective and forward-leaning information security program look like today?Sponsored by RSA, the Security for Business Innovation Council (SBIC) combines the knowledge and vision of some of the world’s leading information security executives to answer that question in a three-part series on building a next-generation information security program.  Fusing the knowledge and vision of top information security leaders, the reports deliver actionable recommendations.The first report, Transforming Information Security: How to Build a State-of-the Art Extended Team is a playbook for finding and developing the right security talent.last_img read more

Realizing The Potential of Data Monetization…Do I Have Your Attention Now?

first_imgBuild analytic profiles to facilitate analytic capture and re-use—analytics profiles are structures that standardize the collection and re-application of analytics across multiple uses cases. Identify and prioritize data sources loaded into a data lake—the data lake supports the data science processes of refining the data into actionable analytics to create financial or economic value.It is our hope that this research paper will foster new ways for organizations to re-think how they value their data and analytics from an economic and financial perspective.  The concepts covered in this research paper seek to provide a common vocabulary and approach that enables business leadership to collaborate with the IT and Data Science organizations on identifying and prioritizing the organization’s investments in data and analytics; to create a common collaborative value creation platform.The complete paper can be viewed here: USF The Economics of Data and Analytics 7.0 The importance of data has changed. As the volume, variety and velocity of the data grew over the past few years, the data has been transformed to provide organizations a broader, more granular and more real-time range of customer, product, operational and market interactions. Today, business leaders see data as a monetization opportunity, and their organizations are embracing data and analytics as the intellectual capital of the modern organization.The Internet of Things is accelerating this drive towards “data monetization.”  However organizations are quickly learning that you don’t necessary monetize the data as much as you monetize the customer, product, and operational insights derived from the data to create new revenue opportunities: new products, new services, new channels, new markets and new partnerships (see Figure 1).But to help organizations realize these new monetization opportunities, organizations need to transform the way that they create and even account for data and analytics.  To support that organizational transformation, I recently completed a research paper with Professor Mouwafac Sidaoui, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Business Analytics and Information Systems at the University of San Francisco, titled “Applying Economic Concepts To Big Data To Determine The Financial Value Of The Organization’s Data And Analytics Research Paper”.  The research paper seeks to integrate leading academic thinking with practical real-world consulting experience to advance the cause for organizations to embrace data and analytics as unique corporate assets.More and more companies are contemplating the organizational and business challenges of accounting for data as a “corporate asset”. Data as an asset exhibits unusual characteristics when compared to other balance sheet assets.  Most assets depreciate with usage, however data appreciates or gains more value with usage; that is, the more the organization uses the data across more use cases, the more valuable, complete and accurate the data becomes.Taking the idea of data as an asset one step further, what if organizations viewed data as a form of currency? While most currencies are constrained to a one-to-one transactional relationship, data and analytics do not suffer from that limitation.  Data as a currency exhibits a network (or multiplier) effect, where the same data can be used simultaneously across multiple business use cases thereby increasing its financial and economic value to the organization.However, there are severe limitations in valuing data in the traditional balance sheet framework. It is important that firms identify a way to not only account for their data, but to maximize the economic value of it across the organization. To accomplish this, we created what we like to call the collaborative value creation platform. This framework seeks to:Identify and prioritize the highest potential business use cases—using a prioritization matrix can facilitate the discussion between business and IT stakeholders in identifying the right use cases upon which to focus the organization’s analytic resources.last_img read more

10 Parallels Between Whiskey Tasting and Data Analytics

first_imgIn today’s world, the power of data analytics is everywhere. From agriculture to healthcare, from shopping to dating, from the vehicles we drive to the way we do business, our experiences are increasingly shaped by data analytics. This is true even when it comes to whisky tasting, although in this case the analytics process is driven by our senses and our reasoning rather than sophisticated algorithms.This is a topic that is close to my heart, given that I’m a director of data analytics who moonlights as a whiskey sommelier. I often have occasion to reflect on the amazing parallels between the principles of data analytics and the process of tasting whisky.With that thought in mind, let’s look at 10 of the ways in which data analytics and whiskey tasting share common ground.Let’s take a step back and see how we got here.Back in the 1980’s, when data warehouse vendors like Teradata provided the ability to pool data, business owners asked even more demanding questions. Then SAS and SPSS, whose origin owes to government and academic interests, developed tools that allowed for “what will happen” questions and not just “what happened.” Fast forward to now. Fueled by math smarts and entrepreneurial spirit, we now expect Amazon to recommend books when we shop or Uber to send strangers with an empty seat to our address. Doubt what I’m talking about? Ask Siri or Alexa.Back to whiskey. By 1954, the U.S. saw the number of distilleries collapse into four companies. Courage and curiosity brought back independent distillation following the rise of microbreweries in the 1970’s. Pioneer Tito Beveridge planted the craft distillery flag in Texas in 1997 after he observed the first seedlings in Kentucky and Tennessee. What followed was a wave of craft distilleries with shoots emerging in California, Texas, New York, Colorado and Washington. It’s now a multi-billion business with 27.4 percent growth.Amplifying this trend, cocktails popularized by shows like Mad Men or House of Cards put whiskey in our collective consciousness. We should no longer expect only wine to come in flights either. We can skip our way through whiskeys too. We arrived at the new normal: whiskey tours, bourbon runs and the rise of The Whiskey Sommelier. Whiskey tastings now pop up like daisies in a sun-drenched field. Whiskey tasting is an active sport involving all five senses and your brain.Now let’s loop back to data analytics and look at the threads that tie these two worlds together. In particular, let’s look at 10 reasons why data analytics and whiskey tasting share common ground.Deductive ReasoningWhen online retailers look for patterns in clickstream data, they engage a practice known as deductive reasoning. I see this and I see that. Therefore this other thing is highly correlated. Ask people at Walmart why they stock strawberry Pop-Tarts in the front of the store before a hurricane. They will tell you it was because they saw a pattern.Same is true for experiencing whiskey. An active whiskey drinker analyzes what she experiences. Does she note a familiar herb like heather in all of the Speyside single malts? She is looking to establish a premise AFTER collecting data. She is not making a grand statement like “all Speyside single malts have heather” after tasting just one. Inferring generalities from specifics then running experiments to prove the theory is inductive reasoning. Feature DetectionData analytics pursues feature detection to find what will predict an outcome. Features are like column headers in a spreadsheet. Lenders inspect aspects of home mortgage applications to see what attribute or combination of attributes will shine a light on those who are worthy. This process is not unlike whiskey tasting.Consider tasting wheels. They are just circular spreadsheets. Each spirit can be ranked in intensity to those specific flavors. Those features originate from grain selection, fermentation, distillation, barrel type and aging. These are puzzle pieces that whiskey lovers adore assembling in their minds. They are getting to know the whiskey like characters in a novel. ClassificationOne of the short cuts to dealing with large populations is to bucketize them into groups. The Boomer, Gen-Xer and Millennial labels are nothing more than a classification exercise based on birth years. We make generalizations about each group’s interests. Consider that Red Bull has the Millennials in their cross hairs while Metamucil aims at the gray hairs. This classification technique works well with whiskey comparisons too. Bourbon by law needs to have 51 percent corn. So in a blind test comparing spirits from different grains, *look* for the candy corn aroma. It’s a signature to this class of whiskey. PropensityPropensity is a fancy term to describe what might likely happen. It’s how data analytics deal with the unknown. We see a drop in the price of oil and the propensity for Houstonians to leave the family cell phone plan rises. The same principle underpins whiskey when it comes to food pairing. Chicken piccata, an Italian dish served with a lemon and caper sauce, is likely to go well with a Rye. Why? Because the rye grain has lemon on the nose. So the propensity for the match is high. IterationData analytics professionals, just like master distillers, like to experiment before they lock down on a data model. They have ideas and tweak as they go. Internet properties like Facebook play with the shade of blue to see which gets the most clicks. So why not expect that with whiskey? Whiskey blenders like Compass Box continue to push the envelope for their blended malts. They were famously cornered by the Scottish Whiskey Association for a rather unconventional aging process in the original recipe of Spice Tree.Establishing a Baseline (Supervised Learning)We know what is normal for blood pressure because doctors have measured this vital sign for years. More than that, they have correlated both positive and negative outcomes to the data. They know a patient is high risk because of the histories of hundreds of thousands of patients. The role of data analytics is to determine what is “normal” based on a given data set. However, normal becomes useful when we know the outcome of a certain event too. In the land of data analytics, when we establish a baseline with known outcomes and ask algorithms to pick out things that predict the future, we are engaged in supervised learning.The act of building a baseline for whiskey tasting comes from personal experience. Blind tasting after blind tasting helps the taster single out the single malts from the blends. A corn mashbill from rye or barley. Secondary casking versus single. The more a whiskey taster experiences, the bigger the sample set, the broader the foundation, the more the taster knows. This foundational knowledge helps whiskey tourists know when they have left the paved road and are launched on an adventure.Anomaly DetectionAnomalies get a bad rap. That is until you understand that all parents want their kids to be normal, but never average. Being above average earns gold medals on the downhill and early acceptance to that hard-to-get-into college. This is not normal. Seeking anomalies is the job of talent scouts. It is also core to data analytics because it’s something from which we learn. It might be the use of a product the designer never expected. Ask the Pfizer about its original intent for Viagra.The world of whiskey tasting presents a similar opportunity. Greenspot Irish Whiskey has green apple all over it. Westland Single Malt tastes like chocolate. And Hudson Four Grain has a barnyard quality to it. You can almost hear the sheep. When you hang notes in the air like Pavarotti, you get noticed. Anomaly detection is a different kind of appreciation. Whiskey aficionados aim for this.NormalizationEighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent wrangling data — filling in the missing elements in a table so the columns and rows are ready to be analyzed. It is hard to draw conclusions when the artifacts are missing. And this same rigor is pursed by the whiskey trade. Evaluating whiskey must be done if and only if the spirits are served in the same way and the same time.We know that wine oxidizes in the glass. An angry glass of cabernet becomes approachable after an hour once it breaths. Time also plays into whiskey, except oxygen is not the factor. When alcohol evaporates from the glass precious olfactory volatiles escape with them. A whiskey freshly poured might be feisty at five minutes and friendly at 50. So it’s important that we treat data and whiskey with the same level of consistency: same glass shape, same pour size, same time out of the bottle.EnrichmentBusiness data only gets better when we add diverse data types like geo-spatial, event-related or weather data to it. When a Texan shops online at happy hour on Cinco de Mayo and the cart was abandoned, there should be no surprise. Oh, it was sunny that day. This context-driven awareness adds a deeper understanding. Modern analytics is all about enriching structured data with unstructured to gain a better experience.Likewise distillers are aging whiskey in second or third casks. They take a completed product and finish it off in wine, sherry, port, rum or Sauternes casks. Or it might take the form of the *blenders’ art* like Johnny Walker, Dimple or Compass Box. These distillers ladder up the experience by marrying whiskeys from different places. Hudson Four Grain ages the same spirit in three different sizes of barrels each with a different char to get that exact expression.Shaped by TaxationFans of history have no trouble remembering when Alexander Hamilton rode to Western Pennsylvania in 1794 to help his boss lay down the Whiskey Rebellion. This was before Mr. Hamilton was a Broadway sensation. He was our first secretary of the treasury and was hungry to pay down the national debt with a whiskey tax . Our friends in Scotland struggled with same issue in the mid-18th century where distillers were taxed based on still size and not production. In 1787 taxation was the tipping point in the split between the Lowlands and the Highlands. Religion, language and affiliation with England may have proper historians talking, but a true Gaelic Highlander knew the real argument was over whether blended whiskey was a *real* whiskey or swill to appease the English.Likewise analytics in the English-speaking world found its voice because of taxation. First appearing in Britain in Roman times, the practice became a consistent effort in 1801.  Its mission was for allocating precious resources. And since counting people one by one takes longer than a single decade, statistics found its place in economics.So the next time you raise a Glencairn glass of the *water of life*, just remember that as you ponder notes of heather, sea air and the smell of warm biscuits, you might actually be thinking like a data scientist.Cheers!For additional information on Dell EMC data analytics solutions, please contact us at [email protected] and follow us on Twitter at @DellEMCbigdata.last_img read more

Dell hits 2020 Circular Milestones, Recycles 2 Billion Pounds of Electronics.

first_imgThis time of year most of us are in goal-setting mode. We’re looking for the new, better version of ourselves. For me personally I hope to decrease screen time, increase miles on my bike, and spend more time with family.  But maybe we don’t need to start something new but rather rethink an approach or redesign a routine.When it comes to technology, we at Dell believe our past powers our future. We reimagine what one might consider junk or trash as a useful resource to sustain and advance our business. In sustainability circles we call this reuse and recycling of materials “circular economy.” Our colleagues in product manufacturing call it smart design.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Significant Recycling Goals on Track for Achievement   At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, we were excited to share that thanks to the help of our customers, we have reached our 2020 goal of recovering 2 billion pounds of used electronics. Our commitment to recycling was also recognized with two awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the beginning of the year. Dell remains the planet’s largest technology recycler by geography, with options in more than 75 countries and territories. This infrastructure gives customers an easy way to responsibly retire old equipment. Our recycling partners first refurbish and remanufacture any computers that still have viable life in them and then recycle what doesn’t. In certain geographies, that enables us to collect materials we can recycle back into future products. Otherwise, the materials are responsibly recycled and resold on the commodities market.This use of “closed-loop” materials (those that started in computers, got recycled and wound up back in computers) forms an important part of one of our other 2020 goals. In fact, Sam Burd, President, Client Solutions Group (pictured above) shared that by Earth Day this year (2019), we will achieve our 2020 goal of using 100 million pounds of recycled-content or otherwise sustainably sourced materials in our products – a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to prioritize the principles of a circular economy.Recycling is the engine that keeps the circular economy spinning, but recycling rates are fairly stagnant. In the United States alone, approximately 9.4 million tons of e-waste is produced each year, with less than 15 percent being recycled responsibly. During CES last year (2018), we announced a partnership with actress, entrepreneur and activist Nikki Reed to highlight the importance of recycling electronics. Together we revealed the Circular Collection by Bayou with Love. This limited-edition jewelry collection sourced gold recovered from Dell’s recycling programs, and included 14- and 18-carat gold rings, earrings and cufflinks. The jewelry line helps illustrate the goldmine of resources available in recycled electronics, and Nikki helped us encourage people to make sure their obsolete electronics either found a new home or were responsibly recycled.Dell supports and sponsors World Economic Forum initiative, The Circulars Dell is playing a part in the World Economic Forum this year by sponsoring the Circular Economy People’s Choice Award for The Circulars, 2019. We’re honored to recognize organizations across the globe that are making notable contributions to the circular economy, but we want you to decide who the winner should be. The impact drivers this year include: DyeCoo Textile Systems (water-free dyeing process for textiles), Ecoware (single-use plastics), Geetanjali Woollens (clothing recycling, rainwater harvesting), Grover (electronic subscription service), Triciclos (recycling) and ZigZag Global (waste reduction).Congrats to this years winner, TriCiclos, for creating a scalable waste management, recycling and recovery model.Dell heads to the Sundance Film Festival as technology sponsor and sustainability partnerFrom January 24 – February 3, Dell will be the official technology sponsor of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Salt Lake City and a sustainability partner in an effort to bring attention to the importance of recycling and supporting the Circular Economy. Attendees will have the opportunity to join us at the Dell Den (open January 25 – 28) for a variety of interactive activities, demonstrations and panels.One component that I wanted to call consideration to is a panel on Saturday, January 26th from 5:00pm-6:30pm featuring environmentalist and Waterkeeper Alliance founder Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the team behind Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, as they discuss the intersecting ways in which artists, activists, lawyers, politicians and citizens can affect positive change in the face of human-caused environmental crisis.I’m really excited about our Sundance presence. When you bring both emerging and existing change makers together, it opens up endless possibilities to finding creative new ways to address environmental change in our world.last_img read more

That’s Entertainment, Folks!

first_imgNext time you settle down on the couch to watch a Netflix movie, give a passing thought to the technology at the backend powering your entertainment. We talk about how technology has transformed the way we do business, but I think the changes have been equally radical on the home front. Just ten years ago, we all had cable or terrestrial TV and cell phones were there to make calls while on the move. To quote W.B Yeats’ famous lines, ‘All has changed, changed utterly.’Streaming TV contentToday, we’re viewing on-demand, streaming TV services, like Netflix, using high definition TV displays. According to a recent Deloitte study, 55 percent of US households now subscribe to paid streaming video services, and nearly half of all US consumers streamed TV content every day or weekly in 2017. Not only are consumers across all age groups streaming more content than ever before—they are doing so on smartphones and tablets. Of course, for every change, there’s a consequence. As a personal aside, while I love the convenience of Netflix, a part of me misses the conversations about what was on the box last night – the shared communal experience of friends watching the same TV program at the same time.Smart phone and social mediaMost importantly, ten years on, the smartphone has become ubiquitous, even among the older age groups. Did you know that the average person in the UK now spends more than a day a week online? Ofcom, which compiled the report, attributes a large part of the surge in time online to the rise of smartphones, which are now used by 78 percent of the population compared with just 17 percent in 2008, the year after the first iPhone was launched. In fact, the average person now checks their phones every 12 minutes! And of course, not only are people watching video on their smartphones, they are also developing content themselves. Social media apps such as Snapchat, and Facebook’s live video option have also given amateur videographers and life-style bloggers an easy and cost-effective way to create and distribute content.Anytime, any device & everywhereAs a result, media & entertainment is no longer connected to a place like a living room or cinema – it’s now available anytime and everywhere on any device. Boundaries are disintegrating as connected technologies turn everything fluid. Content creation and production are being challenged by a broad range of output, everything from 4K to consumer-generated footage, recorded by smartphones, while content delivery is expected to be instantaneous. Media production is also increasingly common in areas, such as training, museums, and education.Mobile video advertisingThe trend towards advertisement-free TV viewing has also forced marketers to look for alternative ways to reach viewers that they can no longer hope to attract through TV ads. As a result, more and more video content is being pushed online. Mobile video advertising is growing faster than other forms of digital advertising. With video being so prevalent on mobile devices, advertisers have adapted by creating videos with a vertical perspective to complement the way we hold our tablets and smartphones.A move to open standardsWhat does all this mean for broadcasters and production houses? How are they investing, experimenting and innovating? How are they remaining relevant and keeping pace with this level of change? Unsurprisingly, our media & entertainment customers tell us it’s a fiercely competitive market. As a result, they need to stay ahead of the technology curve. Different technology platforms need to work together to make their production workflow as efficient as possible. As a result, I am seeing the industry move away from expensive, proprietary platforms to open standards. Increasingly, broadcasters and production houses are incorporating standard computing into their solutions to reduce costs, increase agility and exploit new revenue streams. This dynamic is pushing the top ISVs to develop their own out-of-the-box solutions by collaborating with IT companies like Dell Technologies, OEM & IoT Solutions.Technology demands are high3D animation, VR, compositing, grading and non-linear editing are now placing the compute focus firmly on workstations while 3D rendering and all aspects of video content creation, from acquisition and transcoding through to distribution, require huge amounts of server processing power. Digital video production, whether for TV or film, emphasize the storage part of the equation as well as the ability to view and edit data natively with 4K, especially now with 8K and HDR looming on the horizon. With multi-device consumption and ultra-high definition driving increased demand and generating more data, storage like Isilon is needed across all these workflows as a repository to manage content. And, of course, all these tasks require professional grade monitors with high resolution, precise color grading and industry relevant color coverage that reproduce data in high fidelity.ATEME’s storyA customer story brings the picture to life so let’s take leading video compression company, ATEME. Responding to the rise in internet-based video, ATEME wanted to provide a converged, scalable, and virtualized video processing solution for its broadcasting customers. The goal was to increase compression efficiency and video quality while decreasing server footprint. Working with Intel and Dell OEM, ATEME successfully re-engineered its appliance platform. The results speak for themselves. ATEME reported 10 times the channel density, 80 percent reduction in delivery time and 25 percent reduction in maintenance overhead. Read the full story here. As Michel Artières, CEO, ATEME said: “We didn’t want just a supplier, we wanted a partner and Dell OEM went the extra mile by testing and fine-tuning the joint solution to reach the highest performances and the best efficiency.”The road aheadLooking ahead, the speed of change and the breadth of new technologies continues. 5G will create new business models that will see billons of devices consuming and generating data like never before. Adoption and usage of voice-enabled digital assistants is also growing, suggesting that voice could be the next big thing in human-computer interaction. Other emerging trends include AI, IPv6 protocols, virtual and augmented reality and IoT. To survive, the industry must continue to innovate rapidly.Dell Technologies is the only company on the planet that has hardware and software solutions that play at every level, from the edge to the core to the cloud. We can deliver all the necessary assets, including scalable, secure, manageable and open infrastructure architecture, IoT and big data expertise, the ability to customize through our OEM division, the right partners plus a sophisticated global support and supply chain.Are you in the media and entertainment business? If so, please join the conversation. I’d love to hear your comments and questions. Learn more about next gen solutions from Dell Technologies OEM & IoTLearn more about Dell TechnologiesLearn more about ATEME is transforming video deliveryJoin our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase pageFollow us on Twitter @DermotAtDell and  @DellTechOEMlast_img read more

Giving Tuesday: Celebrating our Culture of Giving

first_imgThe global pandemic has changed life for everyone, from how we work, to how we live and communicate with one another. But for the heroes on the frontlines supporting the needs of those most impacted, life has especially changed.  Now more than ever, our collective support is needed.  This is why this #GivingTuesdayNow, we are focused on meeting the needs resulting from COVID-19.As a company, we have prioritized our COVID-19 efforts where we can make the greatest positive impact to the immediate health, safety and sustainability of our communities and the frontline organizations working to treat and contain the virus around the world. We are committed to making this difference through our technology, our reach, our donations, and the remarkable efforts of our 150,000 team members.And it is the efforts of these team members that I want to recognize and celebrate this GivingTuesdayNow.3D printing for protection With an increased demand for personal protection equipment (PPE) to support healthcare workers, our teams around the globe have leveraged our 3D printing facilities to produce masks and visors.In Austin, Texas, a group of engineers is working with Dell Medical and teaming with Austin Public Health to distribute visors to first responders in the Austin area.With the help of our True Ability Employee Resource Group (ERG), the team quickly scaled the development of more visors through injection molding, with plans to deliver over 13,000 visors this week. We’re seeing similar grassroots efforts led by our team members around the world – from France, to Ireland, to Brazil.Funding food for those in needRecognizing the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations, our global team is working to address food shortages within their communities.One of our team members in India and his wife have been volunteering their time to feed those with limited means to support themselves. He started by driving around the city distributing food and provisions and has expanded to organizing over 500 meals per day and also providing shelter to 100 individuals in need.In Minnesota, our team members started a fundraiser to help feed families in need and children who rely on school lunches for one of their primary meals. They raised more than $25,000 (including funds provided by our ongoing Dell match program) for a local food bank, helping to feed thousands of people in the community.Lending digital skills to enable continued serviceWith many of our non-profit partners needing to adapt quickly to a remote work environment, our team members have stepped up to provide technology expertise and to enable our partners to continue serving their communities.Barnardos Ireland is one of our strategic non-profit partners, with a mission to transform the lives of children affected by traumatic or adverse experiences. When stay-at-home measures were activated, Barnardos needed to adapt their services to continue support for the children and families who depend on them. In addition to creating a fundraiser to provide critical supplies, experienced work-from-home volunteers from our Dell’s Ireland team are lending their expertise in remotely managing teams, setting-up conference calls, enabling security best practices, communicating with donors, and supporting call center activation and coaching. These efforts are helping over 400 Barnardos team members leverage digital capabilities to better serve their constituents.In this together, for those who need us The spirit of Giving Tuesday – generosity that has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad – is one I’m so proud to say our entire Dell Technologies family has always embraced.The sense of optimism and pride our team members feel by being able to contribute is core to who we are as a company. Fueled by our purpose of driving human progress, we will continue to be a champion for those who need it most as we get through this, together.last_img read more



Former Rep. Will Hurd writing book, expected in 2022

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A former Republican congressman from Texas who at times criticized President Donald Trump has a book deal. Simon & Schuster announced Wednesday that Will Hurd’s book is expected to come out in 2022. It’s currently untitled. Hurd was one of the few Black Republicans in Congress in recent years. In his book he said he’ll draw on his background and political experience to provide a unifying message. Hurd announced in 2020 that he wouldn’t seek a third term in the House of Representatives. He said he wanted to work in the private sector. Hurd differed with Trump on immigration and other issues.last_img read more

NY data show nursing home deaths undercounted by thousands

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration confirmed Thursday that thousands more nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than the state’s official tallies had previously acknowledged. The surprise development, after months of the state refusing to divulge the true numbers, showed at least 12,743 long-term care residents died of the virus, far greater than the official tally of 8,505. The release came after a report by state Attorney General Letitia James found the death count could be off by 50% because New York is one of the only states to count just those who died on nursing home grounds.last_img read more

US virus deaths surpass 450K; daily toll is stubbornly high

first_imgCoronavirus deaths in the United States have surpassed 450,000. The number of daily deaths remains stubbornly high at more than 3,000 a day, despite falling infections and the arrival of multiple vaccines. Infectious disease specialists expect deaths to start dropping soon, after new cases hit a peak right around the beginning of the year. The new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says new COVID-19 deaths could ebb as early as next week. But there’s also the risk that improving trends in infections and hospitalizations could be offset by people relaxing and coming together — including this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl.last_img read more